Partnerships and initiatives
G4-16

Sustainability Committee of the Brazilian Association of Vegetable Oil Industries

As a member of the Sustainability Committee of the Brazilian Association of Vegetable Oil Industries (Abiove), AMAGGI, together with the other associated companies, joins the objective of discussing and implementing sustainability projects for the soybean production sector.

In 2016 Abiove carried out several sustainability actions. Involved in the discussions related to the New Forest Code, Abiove Sustainability Commission participated in three technical groups of the Brazil Climate, Forests and Agriculture Coalition, with the objective of aligning collective efforts in the conservation of forests and in the promotion of sustainable Brazilian agriculture. The association also held the Ten Year Seminar of the Soybean Moratorium, attended by 180 participants and the Ministers of Agriculture and Environment, as well as various authorities from the business sector, civil society and universities.

In addition, in 2016 Abiove performed actions in areas such as the Cerrado biome, the Rural Property Management Program - Soybean Plus, the National Solid Waste Program, and the Green Protocol of Pará Grains.

Soybean Working Group

Formed by the companies associated with Abiove and the National Association of Cereal Exporters (Anec), the Ministry of the Environment, Bank of Brazil and civil society organizations represented by Greenpeace, the Soybean Working Group (GTS) had AMAGGI in support of the continuity of the Soybean Moratorium - which in 2006 made a commitment not to market or finance soybean produced in areas of Amazonian biome deforested after july 22, 2008. In 2016 the Soybean Moratorium completed ten years of fighting deforestation in the Amazonian biome, and was renewed once again with an indefinite term. AMAGGI positioning in the GTS was important for the renewal decision.

In 2016, the year that marks a decade of the Soybean Moratorium, AMAGGI underwent a third party audit that confirmed the fulfillment of this commitment, and no nonconformities were identified in the marketing process.

RTRS Board

AMAGGI is a member and part of the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) board, participating in the discussions and approvals of guidelines and work for the evolution of the certified soybean market and improvements in the certification process.

Task Force Brazil RTRS

RTRS counts on Task Force Brazil, the Brazilian group of the entity that meets periodically to develop projects dedicated to promoting and improving the market and the certification process itself in Brazil.

Earth Innovation Institute

AMAGGI is a partner of the Earth Innovation Institute, an international reference in matters such as food security, protection of tropical forests and climate change. The partnership aims to discuss issues related to territorial performance and financial mechanisms and market to combat deforestation on a jurisdictional and regional scale.

Soybean Plus

Soybean Plus proposes a better management of rural property, in order to generate a process of continuous improvement of the environmental, social and economic aspects of production. This program is organized by the Association of Soybean and Mato Grosso Producers (Aprosoja). The program was started in Mato Grosso and now extends to other producing regions of the country. AMAGGI, through Abiove, has supported the project since its start, having confirmed a new partnership with Aprosoja for the realization of the Soybean Plus program in the municipalities of Vera, Nova Ubiratã and Feliz Natal, all in Mato Grosso.

The Nature Conservancy

In a partnership that lasts more than ten years with The Nature Conservancy, AMAGGI supports the improvement of the environmental performance of rural producers in Mato Grosso. The initiative has a major focus on strengthening the environmental regularization of Alto Teles Pires region, in the municipalities of Brasnorte, Campos de Júlio, Feliz Natal, Nova Mutum, Nova Ubiratã, Lucas do Rio Verde, Sapezal, Sorriso and Tapurah, with restoration projects of permanent preservation areas (APP) and mapping of municipalities, through the Environmental Rural Registry (CAR).

Institute of Amazonian Environmental Research

AMAGGI integrates two partnership fronts with the ONG Amazonian Environmental Research Institute (Ipam). One of them is the Sustainable Territories project, implemented in Mato Grosso, which aims to develop local partnerships to improve the social and environmental performance of the municipality of Querência. The other consists of the development of scientific research projects related to environmental preservation, within the Tanguro Farm, an initiative that has already over ten years.

Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development

AMAGGI participates in several thematic chambers of the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS), such as CTClima, CTBio, CTÁgua and CTSocial, with the objective of seeking together with other companies the continuous improvement in the management of emissions, biodiversity, water and local development.

Center of Studies in Sustainability of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (GVCes)

AMAGGI participates in working groups with the Getúlio Vargas Foundation's Sustainability Center (GVCes), such as the Companies for Climate Platform (EPC), the Brazilian GHG Protocol Group, and also contributes to the elaboration of the GHG Agricultural and Livestock Protocol, being the first Company to publish its emissions inventory in the standards defined for the sector. In 2016 the company also participated in the Group of Trends in Ecosystem Services (TeSE), with the objective of developing methodology for valuing ecosystem services; of IDLocal, focused on building strategies and business guidelines for local development; and of CiViA (Applied Life Cycle), focused on the strategic management of externalities related to the life cycle of products and services.

MT Strategy: Produce, Preserve and Include

AMAGGI is a member and private sector representative of the MT Strategy project: Produce, Store and Include. In 2015 the company participated in the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Climate Convention, an international treaty that seeks to combat climate change caused by human actions. The participation of the State of Mato Grosso and AMAGGI was very expressive in the event, and brought good results to combat climate change in Brazil.

Among the objectives of the MT Strategy, we can highlight: eliminate illegal deforestation in the state up to 2020; replacing 6 million ha of degraded pasture by high productivity crops until 2030; to recompose 1 million ha (100%) of PPAs degraded to 2030; conserve the native area of the State, now estimated at 60% of its territory; and increase the share of family agriculture in the internal food market from 20% to 70%.

Other participations

AMAGGI is a member of the Environment Commission of the Brazilian Bar Association (MAB), Mato Grosso Environmental Council (Contema) of the Federation of Industries in the State of Mato Grosso (Fiemt), the Commission for Engagement and Communication (CEC) of the Brazil Network of the UN Global Compact.